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Ito Peng

Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

Ito Peng

Ito Peng is the Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy and the Director of the Centre for Global Social Policy at the Department of Sociology, and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. She is a leading researcher and expert in global social policy and political economy, specializing in the care economy, and family, gender, migration, and climate change policies, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Recipient of numerous research and policy awards, last year (2023) she won the University of Toronto’s President’s Impact Award, Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award, and Jeanette Wright Faculty Supervision Award. She currently leads two international projects: 1) Care Economies in Context: towards sustainable social and economic development, a global partnership research project that analyzes care infrastructures in 9 countries in 5 global regions and uses this data to develop gender-sensitive macroeconomic models of care economies in these countries; and 2) Care and Climate Change Policies project for the Royal Society of Canada to put together a package of policy briefs on different dimensions of care and climate change. She also a distinguished fellow of and serves as a thought leader for the Women’s Business Missions to Asia Pacific for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. She was a co-lead for the Room 5 for the Rockefeller Foundation-Brookings Institute’s 17-Rooms Global Flagship project (2021-2023).


Countries International;
Topics Care economy; Care inequalities; Care work and migration; Climate Change and LTC; Economics of LTC; Gender and care; Local care ecosystems; LTC Policy; LTC systems in LMIC countries; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Case studies; Comparative policy analysis; Document analysis; Economic evaluation; Policy analysis; Qualitative studies; Quantitative data analysis; Surveys; Theory and frameworks;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Care home markets and regulation; Climate Change and LTC; Economics of Long-Term Care; Long-Term Care Policy; Migration Mobility and Care Workers;
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Research interests

Ito Peng’s research interests include: care economy, care work, care and care worker migration, long-term Care, climate change, and policy analysis.